Sex and the City Zoo

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January 16, 2015

SEX AND THE CITY ZOO
CELEBRATES ROMANCE IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
JUST IN TIME FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Event Includes Provocative Presentation On Animal Mating, Dating and Cohabitating
By Actress/Interpretive Zoology Naturalist Joleen Lutz
Up-Close Animal Encounters and Dinner Option
Saturday, February 7, 5 to 7 pm
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Los Angeles Zoo's affectionate giant river otters PHOTO CREDIT:  Charlie Morey

Los Angeles Zoo’s affectionate giant river otters
PHOTO CREDIT: Charlie Morey

While the Los Angeles Zoo is best known as one of Southern California’s most family-friendly destinations, it’s ADULTS ONLY for SEX AND THE CITY ZOO, an extraordinary Valentine’s Day event celebrating romance in the animal kingdom on Saturday, February 7, 2015, 5 to 7 pm, in the Zoo’s Witherbee Auditorium.  The lighthearted affair for ages 21 and up begins with a reception featuring tempting desserts, alluring wines and “animal walk-abouts,” which include chats with keepers and the chance to observe small animals up close.  At the heart of the evening is a provocative presentation about relationships in the animal kingdom by actress Joleen Lutz, also known for her work as an interpretive naturalist of zoology, who offers insights on animal mating, dating and cohabitating.  The event climaxes with an intimate three-course dinner (for an additional fee) at Reggie’s Bistro inside the Zoo.  On the menu is choice of Kabocha Squash & Apple Bisque with Duck Confit, Maitake Mushroom, Bitter Chocolate and Sage or Early Spring Salad with House-made Ricotta, Snap Peas, Radish, Mache, Hazelnuts, Balsamic Strawberries and California EVOO; choice of Tea Brined Chicken with Slab Bacon, Sweet Potato-Grit Cake, Black Kale and Smoky Tomato Jus, or Prime Beef Hangar Steak with Swiss Chard, Wild Mushrooms, Golden Raisins, Parsnip and Marrow Butter or Parisienne Gnocchi with Chives, Green Garlic, House-made Ricotta, Spring Pea Shoots, Fingerling Potato and Gruyere; and Dark Chocolate Cake with Beet and Raspberry Jam, Hazelnuts and Micro Mint.

SEX AND THE CITY ZOO is sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Glendale and West Hollywood, and E. & J. Gallo Winery.

Lutz, a long-time docent at the Los Angeles Zoo, was a regular on the popular series “Night Court” and has made guest appearances on “Desperate Housewives,” “CSI,” “Pushing Daisies” and “Boston Legal.”  An animal expert who teaches animal sciences at North Hollywood High School’s Zoo Magnet and the Wildlife Learning Center, she has also appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and on MTV and Animal Planet.  Lutz is founder of “Winged Iguana” animal rescue.  Her skills include infant orphan exotic/domestic animal care for animals ranging from opossum and monkeys to porcupines and servals.

The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.  Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants.  Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare, the Zoo has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife.  Among its most popular habitats are the LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles), Elephants of Asia, Campo Gorilla Reserve and Rainforest of the Americas.  The private, non-profit Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), which has supported the Zoo in partnership with the City of Los Angeles for more than five decades and provides funding for and operates seven essential Zoo departments, has 65,000 member households representing more than 240,000 adults and children.  As evidence of the Zoo’s popularity, GLAZA attracts one of the largest membership bases of any cultural organization in Los Angeles.

SEX AND THE CITY ZOO tickets (open to adults age 21 and up) only, are $40 per person plus an additional $75 per person for the dinner option.  Tickets for GLAZA members are $30 per person, plus an additional $65 per person for the dinner option;.  An optional beer and wine pairing can be added to dinner for $15.  The dinner option is open to event ticketholders only, seating is limited, and dinner ticket purchase is required by February 3.  Purchase event and dinner tickets online at http://www.lazoo.org/sexandthecityzoo/

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-6042 or visit www.lazoo.org/sexandthecityzoo/